All Souls -” Day of the Dead” — Souls who need prayers! The Church that celebrates them!

We will be celebrating two amazing feast days in our Catholic liturgical year, All Saints and All Souls .

All Souls  Day , “The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed”  is set aside in the Church to honor the dead by remembering them , praying for them, and celebrating them! We believe that when one dies, ones souls will either enter Heaven, hell, or purgatory.  

On All Souls Day, the ones that are waiting in purgatory,  are the souls who we need to recall and  to pray for!

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One of the beauty of our faith is that it’s universal  and with that one gets different styles and customs in celebrating these feast days.   

The history of the Day of the Dead comes from the indigenous people, Aztecs  , who have combined their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones. They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

Their tradition of creating  beautiful altars is to honor and celebrate  the souls of those who have departed.

  When the Spaniards came to Mexico, they educated  indigenous people  on the faith of the Catholic church and which now you have All Souls Day – Day of the Dead in twine with faith and culture.  For example, Aztecs used to celebrate the “Day of the Dead” in the summer yet this influence of the Catholic faith, connected this  celebration with All Souls Day.

When people die, many tend to forget about their souls and slowly their memories.  This day brings back focus to their beloved departed family members in this colorful celebration . 

I want to add that as Catholics we are not calling on any spirits to come to this table of memories or honoring our departed.  This is a dangerous act that the Church teaches against it as you can see here:

 

2116 All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to “unveil” the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.

 

This post can show the how the Aztec used this custom and how the Spaniards add the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith.


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Day of the Dead is a celebration of happiness and joy to remember our deceased loved ones, where sadness and sorrow are not allowed.

The days of the dead are truly a celebration of life.  When children dance with caricatures of death, eat skull sugar molds and learn to respect that life is brief, they learn there is a circle to life and to not fear death and then are free to enjoy and appreciate every moment.

 

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First, I would like to make clear that there are many meanings that go along with having an altar.

  Having an altar doesn’t  mean one is worshiping that soul but that one is honoring the soul. Also the Day of the Dead  meanings  can go from non-religious as the Aztecs did or be fill  with  the beauty of Catholic Faith. 

Here is how we create our altar for Day of the Dead twine with our Catholic faith.

 

First thing is that one must create 3 levels to this altar. As you can imagine those levels represent Heaven, Earth, and Purgatory.   You would set purgatory on the ground, the table would be earth and then add a tier which will represent Heaven.

To create this place boxes or crates on the table where the altar will be in a way as to create tiers. Put a tablecloth over the table and boxes so that the boxes are hidden .   One also decorates by placing the papel picado around the edge of the table and each layer or anywhere on the altar.  Here is an easy one to make.

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First Level : Purgatory.

Create a “Purgatory” , one usually makes a cross out of candles ( represent light, faith and hope) and decorates using  orange marigolds (fresh flowers remind us of the impermanence of life).  Also place skull since it is a reminder of the death of our loved ones.  Head over to Jenny’s blog and print out your own  skull.

Second Level: Earth

.Here is where you place food such as the Bread of the Dead (here is a simple one to make) and other types of food or things that helps us to recall the memory of our loved ones.  One would place water or Holy Water ( Water is a source of life and represents purity.) Sugar skulls is another thing  add by the Spaniards since sugar was one of the main items they imported and they taught that the sweet skulls is a sweet reminder there is only one thing for sure in life, DEATH.   We make sugar skull cookies using this cookie stamp, Fred SWEET SPIRITS Day of the Dead Cookie Cutter/Stampers, Set of 4 , I got off of Amazon. (This is an  Amazon Affiliate, therefore if you click on Amazon link and order anything, we get a small advertising fee at no cost to you.)

 Third Level: Heaven.

 Place a crucifix on the top of the altar. You can also add an icon representing your favorite saint, candles, incense, and marigolds.   Here you place pictures of those whom have departed this life in your family that you would like to honor . You may have more than one person. http://je

Head to our Pinterest board for some ideas for All Saints and All Souls/Day of the Dead.

 

All Souls Days with Day of the Dead, brings  a focus back to the meaning of life which is to end in the arms of Our Lord for all eternity in Heaven.  We are just on a journey and even after death we still are waiting to enter into Heaven. All souls need to be remembered and prayed for until the end of time!

The Church gives us  many ways to pray and help the souls who are still waiting in purgatory especially during All Souls Day.

Indulgences Acts for the Poor Souls is  a partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed.  One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory. –  Read more on this beautiful day in the Life of the Church at  Catholic Culture

Recall the souls of your beloved departed ones with prayers. 

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Have a Blessed and Joyous All Saints & Souls Day.

Cecilia @Hairbows4life


Here is our video showing and talking about the altar that we did live of Facebook on Oct. 26th.

 

 

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 Sundays with The Saints: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!

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Sacred Heart of Jesus devotion is based entirely upon the symbolism of the heart. It is this symbolism that imparts to its meaning and its unity, and this symbolism is admirably completed by the representation of the Heart as wounded. Since the Heart of Jesus appears to us as the sensible sign of His love, the visible wound in the Heart will naturally recall the invisible wound of this love. 

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Jesus showed Himself to Sr. Margaret Mary in a way that she could understand – with a human heart aflame with love. He told her that He would be present in a special way to those devoted to His Sacred Heart and that His presence would lead to peace in families, the conversion of sinners, blessings in abundance and perseverance when death was near.

 To know God’s love in Jesus and to share it with others is the central message of the gospels. There has been no change in this message for two thousand years. Ways of explaining our faith may change, forms of prayer may be altered, certain devotions may come in and out of style, but at the core is the loving heart of Jesus, which remains constant and true.

 The message of the Sacred Heart is one of God’s deep and intimate love for us. Devotion to the Sacred Heart is an integral part of our Catholic heritage because it helps us to live the basic Christian message of faith and love.      – Fr. Thomas Rosica

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We will celebrate the Feast of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday, June 23rd. 

We found a sweet country church near us, Sacred Heart of Jesus were we have been going to mass and adoration on Fridays. There is sweet young priest from Poland who is so  in love of Our Lord, that makes you want to bottle him up and share with everyone.  I’m looking forward to my son servicing with Father on Fridays so that he see up close and personal  a priest who loves and honor Our Lord. 

We have been especially going on First Fridays so that Our Lord can blessed us with his promises!

12 Promises

1
I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
2
I will give peace in their families and will unite families that are divided.
3
I will console them in all their troubles.
4
I will be their refuge during life and above all in death.
5
I will bestow the blessings of Heaven on all their enterprises.
6
Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7
Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8
Fervent souls shall rise quickly to great perfection.
9
I will bless those places wherein the image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored and will imprint My love on the hearts of those who would wear this image on their person. I will also destroy them all disordered movements.
10
I will give to priests who are animated by a tender devotion to my Divine Heart the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
11
Those who promote this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart, never to be effaced.
12
I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence: they will not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their Sacraments. My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

The Nine Fridays must be made in honor of His Sacred Heart, meaning, practicing the devotion and having a great love of His Sacred Heart. They must be on the first Friday of the month for nine consecutive months, and Communion must be received.


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St.John Eudes, wrote a book on  The Sacred Heart of Jesus ( you can get a free copy online here) as well on Mary The Admirable Heart of Mary 

In a word, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, whether considered in His divinity or in His humanity, is more
ardently enkindled with love for His Father, loving Him infinitely more at any given moment, than
all the hearts of angels and saints together can love Him throughout all eternity.
There is no greater love than to give one’s life for the person one loves. The Son of God so loves
His Father that He would be ready to sacrifice His own life again, as He sacrificed it upon the Cross,
and to sacrifice it by suffering the same torments for the love of His Father (if such were God’s holy
will) that He suffered on Calvary

St. John Eudes words are just inspiring and helps one to really feel and want the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus!


Coloring :

Aleesa over at Life,Love, & Sacred Art has this free sweet coloring page.

 

 

Katie over at Look at Him and Be Radiant has a few of these.

This site has another lovely coloring page that would be perfect for older children.

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CRAFTS

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He loves her most ardently because she cooperated with Him in the accomplishment of His
great work of the Redemption of the world. Her cooperation was to, give Him a mortal body capable of
suffering and of sustaining the torments of His Passion. She also imparted to Him the Precious Blood
which He shed for us, and she offered that body, that blood, and that life as a sacrifice at the foot of the
Cross.-St.John Eudes

 

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.

With the God’s Merciful Love,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life

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Sundays with the Saints: Pentecost Sunday – Feast of LOVE!

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On Sunday, June 4th , the Catholic Church will celebrate Pentecost!  It’s a party for sure! 

The coming of the Holy Spirit as promised by our Lord to the disciples is Christ’s love for us and his bride, the Catholic Church!

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I have been meditating using  ST.Bonaventures  book St. Bonaventures Life of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ .

I highly recommend since it was highly recommend by a great saint, St. Francis De Sales. So when I read about Pentecost, I wrote the quote above in my prayer journal as well the one below.  

 For which reason, he who truly desires to serve God, should endeavor, in this holy solemnity, to be inflamed with love or at least to be enkindled with a vehement desire of being so free from any mixture of the love of this world. – St. Bonaventures

 

Those are some words to ponder!  IF we love our God, this feast must be filled with love , INFLAMED with LOVE for Him.  

How hard is not to desire but to actually be free from any mixture of the love of this world!! Lord help me!

But we can teach this to our children; the beauty of this feast day of Holy Spirit and teach them to be inflamed with love for the Church.

We can live it as we celebrate these feasts day and the great saints. We shower them with God’s love and mercy; the  Church!

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Pentecostés, 1612-1614 (Museo del Prado, Madrid).

Coloring Pages:

We love this coloring book,Coloring Book about the Holy Spirit  yet here are  some other sweet coloring pages for all ages.

 

                                           These Pentecost coloring pages show the Holy Ghost as a dove descending on Mary and the Apostles with tongues of fire.:

 

Crafts:

We can’t have a party without some crafts!

Gifts of the Holy Spirit – Paper Plate Craft

Hand Print – Holy Spirit Craft

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Spinners Pentecost Craft

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Snacks:

There are some great ideas of snacks from What Can We Leave Out.

 

It’s a Birthday Party! Celebrate it with a Cake!!

I love  God’s Canvas ‘s simple yet elegant cake!

A Simple Prayer to Holy Spirit.

We beseech you, O Lord, let the power of the Holy Spirit be always with us;

let it mercifully purify our hearts, and safeguard us from all harm.

Grant this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

May the Comforter, Who proceeds from You, enlighten our minds, we beseech you, O Lord, and guide us, as Your Son has promised, into all truth.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Holy Spirit, Sweet guest of My Soul, Abide In Me
and Grant That I May Ever abide in Thee.

Something to Ponder:

Here is an interesting article on “Should We Say Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit? Is there a difference?” by Dr. Marshall

I pray you have a blessed Pentecost Feast Day.

With the Love of Christ,

Cecilia @Hairbows4Life

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#WorthRevisit: Divine Mercy Sunday- Celebrating the Feast Day with A Giveaway

 

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We are coming upon one of the greatest feast day in the church. Divine Mercy is the greatest act of love in history of the world.

“..few souls know the unfathomable mercy of God and His great goodness.” St. Faustina

I am finishing up for the second time, 33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy and it stills takes my breath away.

” In his loving mercy, God fills up the abyss of our wretchedness with his own divine love!”   Father Michael Gaitley

We have no clue how much we are loved. If we only trust Him in that love, we will be holy.

“After God conquers us and humbles us with His love he then saves us with love by giving us his own divine LOVE.” Father Michael Gaitley.

Here are some activities that would be just loving to do with children.

Over at CatholicIicing , there are these printable of His imagine.

She also has a great craft for making your own Divine Mercy Chaplet

There are some printout from Catholic Online for this Sunday’s feast day.

This a very sweet coloring page for the Divine Mercy from Catholic Playground.

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There are many great activities out for Divine Mercy Sunday.

In honor of this  amazing feast day and our new blog for Hair Bows 4 Life (new look, check it out), we are having a giveaway of two books and Divine Mercy Hair Bow set.

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